December Events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s December, 2017 calendar of events:

Sunday, December 3 (1-4:30 p.m.) and Saturday, December 2 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) Portables’ Annual Holiday Open House – The Friends of the Library’s gift store offers jewelry and other accessories, home entertaining items, gifts for children, and much more. Stop in for your holiday shopping and get great deals too!

Saturdays, December 2 and 30 (10:30-11 a.m.) Mother Goose On the Loose! – An interactive storytime featuring simple books, rhymes, songs and movement. For ages birth-3 years old with a caregiver. No registration required.

Saturdays, December 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 (3-4:30 p.m.) Tween Code Club – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Registration begins one week before each session. Grades 5-8.

Saturday, December 2 (3:30-5 p.m.) Winter Pottery – Quill Pottery Studio will bring everything you need to make some great clay medallions that you can wear around your neck and a holder to keep them in. Grades 6-9. Please register.

Saturdays, December 2 and 30 (4-5:30 p.m.) STEAMMaker Lab – This month’s topics: December 2: The Science of Music. December 30: Stop Motion Animation. Grades 3-5. Registration begins one week before each session.

Sunday, December 3 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Grace – Grace loves to bake with friends and invent new recipes. We will follow a recipe to make a treat, and create a Paris-themed craft. Ages 6-11. Registration begins November 26.

Sunday, December 3 Grades 1-2 (2-3 p.m.) and Grades 3-5 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) Winter Pottery – Quill Pottery Studio will be here to help you make fun clay mittens that you can use to decorate your tree or use as a gift! Please register.

Monday, December 4 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) Sensation Stations – Engage your child’s senses by scooping, pouring and sorting a variety of materials. For children with special needs and their typical peers. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Monday, December 4 (7-8:15 p.m.) A Celebration of Animation: Great Cartoon Characters from Television History – Everyone has their favorites, but who are some of the most influential cartoon characters from television? Mark Gitlin, author of the book A Celebration of Animation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters in Television History, will host this fun presentation for kids, teenagers, and adults. Please register.

Monday, December 4 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Monday: Transfer 8mm Film to Digital – Have old holiday home movies you want to transfer from 8mm film or Super 8? Now you can with our new converter! Bring a film with you if you want, plus an SD card. Bring a blank DVD-R if you want to burn it to that as well. Please register.

Tuesdays, December 5 and 12 (2-3 p.m.) Conversational Spanish – Spanish is the most popular second language learned in the United States. Please join us to learn Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation with an expert instructor. You’re sure to be speaking the romance language fluently in no time. No registration required.

Tuesday, December 5 (6:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Coffee and Chat – Join our interactive support group and meet other families facing similar struggles. Free, supervised children’s activities are available, but adults and children must register separately. Coffee is donated by Starbucks Coffee. Company and desserts donated by Little Miss Cookies. For more information, visit Blending Families when Children have Special Needs — Blending families is difficult but even more challenging if a child has ADHD, an autism spectrum disorder or other special need. Join other parents to find support, share ideas and discuss the challenges of blending families with children who have extra needs.

Tuesday, December 5 (7-8 p.m.) Foundation Center Financial Aid for Students in Higher Education – Dave Holmes from the Foundation Center will discuss foundation support and other sources of financial aid for students in higher education. Come learn how to research private scholarships and hear about available scholarship opportunities for Cleveland area students. Please register.

Wednesdays, December 6, 13 and 20 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesdays, December 6 and 13 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, December 7 and 14 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of the reading therapy dogs! Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, December 6 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Join us as we explore some of the classic films from the genres of Horror, Science Fiction, and Suspense. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Wednesday, December 6 (7-8 p.m.) and Saturday, December 9 (10-11 a.m.) Tech Gifts for Holiday 2017 – Take a look at some of this season’s most popular gadgets and tech gifts. Registration begins December 1.

Thursdays, December 7 and 28 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursdays, December 7, 14, 21 and 28 (4-5:15 p.m.) Code Club! – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Grades 3-4. Registration begins one week before each session.

Friday, December 8 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m.) and Saturday, December 9 (9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.) Connecting for Kids Music Therapy & MoreSM – For families and their children (ages 0-6 years) who are struggling in an area of development. Siblings (ages 0-6 years) are welcome to attend. Join us for a program designed to teach families how to use music to improve their child’s motor, communication and social skills as well as behavior. Each session is 30 minutes. Register at, or email: or by phone: 440-250-5563.

Friday, December 8 (10-10:45 a.m.) Come Play With Me! – Open playtime with age-appropriate toys. For children ages 2-5 with a caring adult. Siblings welcome! No registration required.

Saturday, December 9 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun! – A fun morning of Pokemon-themed play, prizes, and crafts! Ages 6-11. No registration required.

Saturday, December 9 (2-3 p.m.) Savvy Shopper featuring Joe “The Coupon Guy” – Learn how to consistently save 70% and even earn a profit through couponing, sales, and rewards programs on groceries and toiletries. Find out new ways to save money on restaurants, utilities, cell/smart phones, travel, gas, prescriptions, clothes, and much more! Please register.

Saturday, December 9 (2-2:45 p.m.) Gingerbread Fun! – Create your own gingerbread house with us! Just bring your sweet imagination, and we’ll supply all the necessary parts and pieces! Ages 8-10. Registration begins December 2.

Saturday, December 9 (3:30-4 p.m.) Family Storytime – An interactive family storytime featuring books, rhymes, songs, movement, and a small craft. For families with children ages 2-6. No registration required.

Sunday, December 10 (2-3:30 p.m.) Boredom Busters! – Are you bored? Drop by the Storytime Room and join in the fun! We will have different activities available each month. All ages welcome! No registration required.

Sunday, December 10 (3-4 p.m.) Art Smarts – Explore works of a well-known artist and then use what you’ve seen to create an art piece of your own! Grades 3-6. Registration begins December 3.

Monday, December 11 (1-1:30 p.m.) Yoga Rhyme Time! – This is a perfect way to introduce yoga and practice simple poses with rhymes that imitate animals and nature. Remember to wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Ages 3-5 with a caregiver. No registration required.

Mondays, December 11 and 18 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang out after school? Come to WPPL’s Teen Lounge on Monday afternoons! We have computers, video games, board games, snacks, and more! For grades 7-12 only. No registration required.

Monday, December 11 (7-8 p.m.) Tai Chi for a Happier Holiday – Susan Cady returns to teach the skill to chill even in the holidays. Movement therapy to ease your mind and body from seasonal stress. Dress comfortably. Please register.

Tuesday, December 12 (9:30-10 a.m.) Stories and Signs – Enjoy an interactive storytime while learning a few words in sign language! Ages 0-3, siblings welcome. No registration required.

Tuesday, December 12 (10 a.m.-Noon) Career Transition Center: Job Applications and Cover Letters – Most job applications are done online. Computers scan them looking for the keywords for skills, education or experience important to the employer. Learn how to manage an application so yours will be read, how to prepare effective cover, marketing and follow-up letters, and the proper use of email.

Tuesday, December 12 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In December we’ll discuss Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham.

Thursday, December 14 (10 a.m.-Noon) Keeping in Touch Online – Learn about ways to stay in contact using online tools like Skype, FaceTime, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, and more! The first part of class is a lecture, and the second part is an open lab for trying these technologies. Registration begins December 1.

Thursday, December 14 (2-3 p.m.) Great Decisions Discussion Program on World Affairs – Discuss critical global issues facing America today. At the beginning of each month, a copy of the article may be picked up at the Ask Us Desk. Please read the article prior to the meeting. Please register.

Thursday, December 14 (5:30-8:30 p.m.) CPR Training – CPR and AED certification for adult, child, and infant. Instruction by certified instructor/Paramedic Ken Hehnen. Please register.

Thursday, December 14 (7-8 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The December selection is Grit: Passion, Perseverance and the Science of Success by Angela Duckworth.

Thursday, December 14 (7-7:30 p.m.) Parachute Play – Get ready to jump and move with music, stories, and the parachute! Bring your energy and mom, dad, or other caregiver to Parachute Play! Ages 4-6. Registration begins December 7.

Saturday, December 16 (10-11 a.m.) Creating a Dementia Friendly Westshore Community – The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation will present a program to share methods that enhance quality of life for individuals touched by dementia/Alzheimer’s along with their care partners. Please register.

Saturday, December 16 (2-4 p.m.) Carry Out Crafts – Stop by the Youth Services Department to see what our featured craft is this afternoon. We have all the supplies you’ll need to create something fantastic! No registration required.

Saturday, December 16 (3-5 p.m.) Anime Club – A great club for anime and manga lovers! All otakus and newbies welcome! Grades 7-12 only please. No registration required.

Sunday, December 17 (2-3 p.m.) Spa 2.0 – In our second Teen Spa program, we will make our own beauty products! We will be making lip gloss, make-up remover, a make-up brush cleaner and another lip scrub. There will also be an opportunity to apply a face mask during the program. Grades 7-12. Registration begins December 10.

Monday, December 18 (6:30-7:15 p.m.) and Friday, December 29 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) Adapted Storytime – Children with varying learning styles and abilities learn in a safe, supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences are encouraged. This 30 minute storytime, followed by time for socialization, is designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content is geared toward ages 3-7, but all ages are welcome. Siblings may also attend, but must register separately. Registration begins one week before each session.

Monday, December 18 (7-8 p.m.) Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body – Science is now able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. Please register.

Tuesday, December 19 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Anime Movie Club – Enjoy and discuss all your favorite anime movies from Studio Ghibli and beyond! Grades 7 to adult. No registration required.

Wednesday, December 20 (2-5 p.m.) Elf Academy – Santa is extra busy this year and needs your help. Join in our reindeer games and train to become a “Certified Elf” by completing several elf-ercises. No registration required – just drop in! While supplies last.

Wednesday, December 20 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The December selection is Commonwealth by Ann Patchett.

Movies @ the Library! – Join us from 2-4 p.m. during Winter break for family-friendly movies. (All are rated PG.) All ages. Please register beginning one week before each film. Featured movies: Thursday, December 21: A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention. Tuesday, December 26: Two imaginative pranksters named George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants. Wednesday, December 27: Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful and more successful twin brother Dru, who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist. Friday, December 29: A mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest, leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.

Friday, December 22 (10 a.m.-Noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Friday, December 22 Fun Science Friday – Join Mrs. K as we explore our world! In December we’ll explore the colors of the season, and in January we’ll learn about animals that love winter. Registration begins one week before each session. Ages 4-6 (3-3:45 p.m.) Grades K-2 (4-4:45 p.m.)

Saturday, December 23 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Polar Express Fun Day! – All Aboard! Join us as we celebrate The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. We’ll have crafts and activities for all ages to enjoy. No registration necessary.

Sunday, December 24 Christmas Eve – Library Closed

Monday, December 25 Christmas Day – Library Closed

Saturday, December 30 (2-3:30 p.m.) Make Your Own New Year’s Hat – Stop by the Youth Services Department to make and decorate your own kind of party hat for your New Year’s celebration. All ages welcome! No registration necessary.

Sunday, December 31 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Celebrate the New Year! – Celebrate the New Year with games and a seasonal craft. Party clothes are optional for you and your doll. Ages 6-11. Registration begins December 24.

Sunday, December 31 (2-4 p.m.) Chess Club – Hone your chess skills or learn how to play the game. Recommended for ages 6+, but all ages are welcome. If you have a chess set, please bring it with you. No registration necessary.

To register for any of the programs, please call (440) 871-2600 or visit

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